Allen Weber Interview by Christopher Bowie Scheduled WVUM Fm Miami

Christopher Bowie Interviews Allen Weber for his Jazz Radio Show

Allen Weber guitarist leader and owner of Allen Weber’s Hot Shock just concluded an interview conducted by DJ Christopher Bowie for Christopher’s jazz radio show on WVUM (90.5 fm) in Miami

The interview was about the Allen Weber Hot Shock album. The interview and some music is scheduled to air June 9 between 10 – 10:30 pm You can listen in on-line @ http://www.wvum.org/

At the top of the page you will see a big orange block that says “Listen Live”

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Listen Button Location

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Allen Weber with his Hot Shock Band Janine Santana’s Radio Show Playlist

Janine Santana — Latin Percussionist, and Radio DJ

On May 5, 2014 Janine Santana played Caribbean Breeze off the Allen Weber Hot Shock album on her radio show.

Here is a listing of what came before and after Caribbean Breeze.

Playlist excerpt showing Allen Weber’s Hot Shock

To see the full playlist… click here and check it out on Janine Santana’s website.

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Hot Shock Band at Lillie’s 2014-04-05

Looks Like Rain

Well, last night Allen Weber’s Hot Shock Band was supposed to have an outdoor concert at Lillie’s

It is a really cool place to play, because the audience and the owners and staff love jazz, and fusion.

So there they were ready to go, and unfortunately, the rain came.

Moved Inside

The concert was moved inside to a much smaller area inside, but the crowd and staff loved it!

While Hot Shock much prefers the ambiance of seeing the clear skies and stars, as well as the great acoustics when playing outside…It was a great feeling to see the expressions on peoples faces as they were delighted with the music, and watching them uncontrollably start bopping to the rhythm laid down by drummer Brian Jenkins, and bassist Rich Christie… Both musicians extraordinaire.

And of course Allen Weber’s screaming guitar work had the audience on edge.

When asked, Allen said “These guys made it really easy to play. They are a great and powerful engine to drive the music!”

All told everyone had a great time!

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Allen Weber Hot Shock Worldwide Listening Party Feb 23rd

Listen in as a Song From the Allen Weber hot Shock Album Makes it’s New Jersey Terrestial Radio Debut

Join with us in the Worldwide listening party Feb 23rd between 10:30 and 10:45 AM (New York Time)

If you are in New Jersey:
88.7 Fm in Passaic county, Bergen county, Morris county, Essex county

Or on Line at G-Man’s Radio Show

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Aw Funk It! Radio Debut

Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 marks a milestone for the Allen Weber Hot Shock album!

Join us in a world wide listening party from 10:30 – 10:45 AM USA East Coast Time… That is New York Time

Aw Funk It! will make it’s NY/NJ debut on terrestial radio, and at the same time on their streaming internet station. It will be on G-Man’s Show!

If you are in Passaic county, Bergen county, Morris county, Essex county in New Jersey, tune in to 88.7 FM

If you are not in NJ you can listen in with us via the internet. Set your browser to http://gobrave.org hen leave your comments below about what you thought.

To quote from the 1960’s show The Prisoner… “I’ll be seeing you!”

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Allen Weber Radio Interview On EGH

Listen to Allen Weber’s Interview on EGH Radio

So, we tried once and failed. The sound was horrible. Lots of hiss, or feedback.

It didn’t matter if computers were changed, or mic’s and headsets changed.

The first attempt was a failure.

Sticking With It

But we stuck with it. Rescheduled a time and date… and the magic happened!

Listen In

Listen Here to EGH Radio presents Allen Weber HOT SHOCK jazz fusion from EGH media.

The interview goes for about an hour, and includes some of the music from the album “Allen Weber Hot Shock”

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Allen Weber Hot Shock — The Story Behind the Song — Aw Funk It!

The Story Behind the Song — Aw Funk It! by Allen Weber on the Hot Shock Album

I always liked the humor Oz Noy has in his playing. I needed to have one last song to complete the Hot Shock album. And since at one time earlier in my career I was playing with a funk horn band… I thought it would be fun to write something like this.

I tried to capture humor in the song, the title seemed like something Oz Noy would use. the title came first. Before I started writing the song — which is really unusual for me.

Title and Lyrics First

Typically I start writing the music first, then try and figure out a title.

While writing this song, right afte the title, I came up with the lyrics. I thought it would be good to call out some respect to funkers I like

Unfortunately, there was not enough time to mention them all. I had a list of about 40 names! So I had to cut down. I apologize to those I did not mention.

Frankenstein

I again used kind of a Frankenstein writing technique to write Aw Funk It!. Just write a bunch of parts and then piece them together so they flow.

So I reached back, and brought out some funk riffs to create something different.

Humor

Something that particularly amused me in the past was when I would play the John McLaughlin / Mahavishnu Orchastra song Dance of Maya for friends. It had a bluesy part they solo’d over. But it dropped a beat. The only way you could count it and stay on beat was to count it or feel it in double time… 1 and 2 ; instead of 1,2 etc.

That look of confusion when people got lost and were wondering what hppened ws priceless. I had to incorporate it into this song. Especially with the name Aw Funk It!

So there is a line the band plays. At first I was playing it in unison with the bass and keyboards. But that was boring…

So I started playing 9th chords in a syncopated rhythm up at the high G position.

After a few cycles, I would go back to the unison part, with keys and bass.

Then I got the idea that I shold be playing it in harmony, and we could use that for a cue!

So I recorded the part on my Zoon H4n, and played it back trying various harmonies.

On one of them, I was not paying attention and I ended up playing it in a weird position. It sounded dissonant but still in tune and really cool… at least to me

I’m the writer of the song, so WTF? Might as well amuse myself, and hopefully others will enjoy it!

So that is how the weird harmony came in before the break.

Chords

Once I had the melody lines down, it was time to figure out the best chords that would give the feel I wanted to the song.

I needed chords that sounded good, contrasting with, yet supporting the melody.

Solo Section

I wanted something different for the solos. And I decided that it would be just a guitar solo.

It was based on a past experience

Past Performance Experience

So going waaaaaay back in time. A friend of mine had a band that was playing clubs in CHicago. I worked with him on and off.

At the time his guitarist just quit with no notice, he had gigs booked and needed someone who could step in immediately.

So he called me. With absolutely ZERO rehearsal, I showed up. Before each song, the keyboard player would call out the changes to me, and then we would go.

So there we wre playing a really funky tune. I was getting into it, and suddenly he yells “Guitar Solo!” at the same time everyone except for the drummer dropped out.

No bass, no keys, no horns, no nothing! Just guitar and drums.

Keep on Keeping On

So I just kept up the funky chord rhythm I was playing, and then started adding in some single note riffs. It got the audience really going, and the band (including 4 singers) were all smiling. That stuck with me.

And Aw Funk It! gave me the chance to resurrect that moment in time.

Ending

I wanted an over-produced artificial ending that I thought was funny.

So after we recorded the ending in the studio, during the mixing and mastering phases, I asked Andrew the Engineer who was doing the mixing and mastering if he could speed up the ending so it would be like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

He did it. We listened, and started laughing. At that point I knew the ending was a keeper!

I’m positive you will love the song, with the ending too!

Why not check it out?

You Can Get Your Copy the digital track of Aw Funk It! at:

cdBaby: Aw Funk It! MP3, MP3-320, and FLAC files

Or at TheJazzBox.ca Aw Funk It! The highest quality mp3 format (320 kbps) MP3

And if you are so inclined, you can find Aw Funk It! listed under Allen Weber Hot Shock at iTunes, Spotify, Last.fm and a host of other sites. If you have a favorite site for buying music, please let us know so we can get the material listed there too.

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